Serenade

4.7
1980 Reviews
$50 and over
French American
Chef James and Nancy Laird welcome you to one of New Jersey’s Top 25 Restaurants. Experience the locally sourced vegetables, naturally raised meats, exceedingly fresh fish, freshly baked bread, and the in-house from-scratch desserts all prepared by Chef Laird and his team.

Stop in or take out one of the hand-crafted cocktails and delicious food in our outdoor space. Takeout and curbside pickup is also available. Our takeout menu, etc. can be found on our website www.restaurantserenade.com in the "Order Online" button at the top right of the home page. Reservations are necessary to eat at the restaurant.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

Featured specials

Select a special by choosing a date, time and party size

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

We are offering a 3-course menu for $89 per person. Children 10 and under are half price.

What 1980 people are saying
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vipcbfood
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's always a pleasure to visit Serenade. The tables were spaced well and partitioned. we felt very safe and comfortable. The food and service were exceptional as expected.

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vipBurtonS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our first restaurant visit in over a year. Excellent overall, marred only by a woman at a nearby table who apparently does not understand she needs to modulate her voice in a restaurant. We did not enjoy dining “with her.”

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vipKarenM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. We went later in the day so there weren’t really any other diners in our area so it felt a little too quiet, but that can’t really be helped under the current circumstances.

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JoeS
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, excellent food and fantastic service. Not cheap but worth it when you feel like splurging.

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vipBillH
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant atmosphere reminiscent of New England. Food is above average and thoughtfully presented. Wait staff are particularly attentive.

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DeborahH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic Easter dinner! The food was delicious!

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viphholds
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time visiting Serenade and had a fantastic time! The food and service was exceptional. Will definitely be going back.

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RobertV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Disappointed in the food.Three course Prix Fixe. All three courses were just average. Prior visits were much better.

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Bimpe
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner and service were excellent. Highly recommend.

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JCasey
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Serenade is doing a great job keeping customers safe while dining indoors. The wait staff is friendly and prompt. The meal was delicious!

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Claudio
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Attentive service and delicious food. Overall, very good service.

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HerbK
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten at all of the fine restaurants in Northern Jersey so I don’t know how I missed Serenade.
I can’t adequately express how much we enjoyed the food other than to say it is now in first place on my list in the area and VERY close to the top compared to any restaurant I have eaten at, anywhere.
Having worked in a number of fine kitchens professionally, I am truly impressed at the quality and flavor of the food. And a full dinner for two with drinks was less than the typical $200 checks I have seen lately for food and service that were not even half as good.
Jose, our waiter was a pleasing and attentive gentleman. The space was quiet and refined.
The food came promptly and after the tortellini and best tuna tartare I have ever had, we moved to the lemon sole with lobster risotto and Asian short ribs with sticky rice. We finished it off with an apple cobbler with ice cream and we could not have been more pleased with the selections.
My hat is off to a wonderful experience that scored big time for my wife’s 70th! We will be back soon.

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vipFoodie
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for a double birthday celebration, got seating upstairs in a nice quiet corner. Service was great, food was fantastic. First time eating here, and it didn't disappoint.

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maryc
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serenade was a recommendation to us and we are very happy for the recommendation.

The service was fantastic. We were treated as though we were regular patrons. Very friendly and very accommodating yet not intrusive. The wine list is great. We had a Pinot Noir that was as smooth as can be. We shared an octopus appetizer that was amazingly well prepared and served in a boat like dish. We had the lemon sole and the chicken milanese. And dessert was a chocolate tort with vanilla ice cream - not a morsel was left on the plate!

Will we go again? Absolutely and not soon enough.

If you are looking to impress guests, bring them Serenade - they won't stop talking about the dining experience.

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vipChatham
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spontaneous dinner on Sunday and Jose was great as always!!! Thank You

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vipWhamHyde
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely place to get out of the house and feel totally safe, even during a pandemic. We had our own little section in the bar area with a big sunny window, complete with blind control all to our selves. Food was great. Can't possibly go without getting their wedge salad! Our favorite restaurant in Chatham!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience— first time dining out since COVID. The restaurant has taken every precaution with far spaced tables, glass dividers, and all staff in masks. Food is INCREDIBLE. Every single course was great. Highly recommend the short rib tortellini, lemon sole, and chicken Milanese. Desserts were great too—don’t skip!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Excellent service and atmosphere. The food didn’t live upto the quality of service and ambiance. We were expecting French influenced crusine but it presentation and taste more geared towards american style (quantity per quality).

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

First time there, a little rushed

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NickB
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

Literally everything we ate was so disappointing. Even the stale $6 basket of bread. Steak ordered medium rare and came out well done. Most disappointing dinner in a long time. Would never come back again.

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HowardK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This was our first time in a restaurant indoors in at least a year, and yes Covid was bound to have an impact. Prices for entrees and appetizers were a good $3-5/ higher than the last time we visited Serenade, and I get it. With reduced capacity, prices have to rise. But what put me over the edge was the bread. Not only did they charge $6 for rolls and focaccia, but it was COLD!!

If u are going to charge for bread, make it special and make sure it is warm.

Very turned off for what was supposed to be a special evening.

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SteveS
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Regular American Diner has much more tastier food than this “upscale” restaurant. Overrated and overpriced place. Total disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Been going for years. Food was not good. Very disappointed

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jenn
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate and romantic. Great for couples celebrating a special event.

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vipDoreenL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous as always!! Love the atmosphere. The wait staff was very friendly but not at all intrusive. Serenade never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

perfect. everything is so delicious.

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vipAGinNYC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Serenade never disappoints! Their COVID protections are excellent and yet there is still a warmth and intimacy to dining there. And the food is perfect - generous portions and creative flavors. Our favorite restaurant in the area and where we return often.

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JohnE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although it isn't cheap, the food is delicious and the service is top notch. They did an excellent job spacing tables and following covid restrictions to make diners feel at ease.

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vipcgs1
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A total Valentine's day value. A lot of quality food, that was very well prepared (as always) and professional served (also as always). Serenade continues to deliver as a great "special occasion" and high quality food restaurant. Many thanks.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was impeccable, as well as the service. The room we were in was very modern and too bright.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dessert was fantastic found out later on they have their own pastry chef. I havent been to any resturaunt around here where the dessert is that good!! A must go for dessert lovers

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took our daughter to celebrate her 25th birthday.

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vipAngelaV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love coming here as the atmosphere and food are always special. This time I have to reduce my review to 4 stars because my food was a tad cold and the portion seemed a bit small for the price this time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

They did a wonderful job helping my wife celebrate her birthday

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always phenomenal

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Paola
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s a beautiful quiet place to enjoy a wonderful meal with family and friends.

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vipLisaM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Uber covid friendly with relaxing and cozy atmosphere and outstanding service. Drinks were sublime.

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vipBackdoc
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always has been and remains our favorite gourmet restaurant in NJ or anywhere! James & Nancy do a spectacular job and it shows.

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ShelleyG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!!!Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. It was a most pleasant dining experience all around. We can’t wait to return as there are so many great menu items to choose from... You have to come back And we will. Great Staff. Very safe also for indoor dining. So no reason to stay home.

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vipMarmar
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Average food , slow service limited menu option for dinner

FAQs

Serenade is rated 4.7 stars by 1980 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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